Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton says he can’t predict who will win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in two weeks’ time despite the Briton moving top of the individual standings with victory in Shanghai on Sunday.
Starting second on the grid behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, Hamilton tore past the Finn from the start and never looked back as he eased to a second consecutive victory.
The 34-year-old leads the Drivers’ Championship for the first time this season on 68 points, six clear of Bottas who ended up second in Shanghai, and the defending champion is the firm 1.67 favourite to retain his title.
It was another disappointing weekend for Ferrari as German Sebastian Vettel took the final place on the podium, a massive 13.744 seconds behind Hamilton, while the second Scuderia of Charles Leclerc was fifth.
Reacting to his win, Hamilton said it was fantastic to pick up a vital victory although he admits he has no idea how things will finish up in Baku for the Azerbaijan GP in two weeks.
“It has not been the most straightforward of weekends but what a fantastic result for the team,” he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“We arrived here not knowing how we would measure against Ferrari – they were so quick in the last race.
“Valtteri has been quick all weekend and to have a one-two is really special on the 1,000th grand prix. The start was where I could make the difference and after that it is history.
“It has been so close between us all and I really have no idea how the next race is going to turn out.”